34 “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, 35 like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” 37 Every day he was teaching in the temple, and at night he would go out and spend the night on the Mount of Olives, as it was called. 38 And all the people would get up early in the morning to listen to him in the temple.
Traps open and close. They are also avoidable if one knows where they are. It seems to me Jesus is giving a path that keeps one from being trapped. Listen to the word. Pray. Get up early and listen to the word again. Steeped in the word keeps us away from the path of the trap. For being in the word, filled with wisdom is a defense against the trap.
When we work through problems too quickly without prayer, the trap is ready to catch us. Prayer keeps us awake and away from temptations. Take it to the Lord in prayer.
This Advent season, my prayer is that this time in waiting is one of expectant hope. For in prayer, we hear God’s message for us. In prayer we keep out the tempting messages of the world which draw us away from hope. In prayer we are awakening to the life within us given for us and waiting to be born again soon.
Thanks be to God!